(Picture curtesy of Wessex Circus and their youth activities in Amesbury)
The Amesbury community met yesterday with Wiltshire Councillors at the 2nd virtual Amesbury Area Board meeting. With almost 30 people in attendance, meeting virtually is proving to be a useful way of keeping in touch during these difficult times. Whilst we are all waiting to get back to some normality and catch up face to face with a cuppa and a few biscuits, the virtual meeting is helping us all to stay in contact with each other.
Seven grants were awarded at the meeting – many of them to help the community cope with Covid-19. A number of grants were awarded to help older people including virtual community lunches and small tea boxes for vulnerable people in the run up to Christmas & the New Year. Another project will provide a small plant pot and some bulbs and greenery to pot up on windowsills; again for vulnerable people and those who do not have access to green spaces easily. Funding was also given for youth activities specifically aimed at vulnerable young people to help them get through this period. This incudes a regular youth club in Amesbury which will open up as soon as possible subject to any government rules, in addition to outreach work. Community grants are available and continue to be awarded in Amesbury, so please get in touch if you want to find out more.
The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust gave a presentation on “Keeping Safe Online” which is an extremely important topic at the moment with more of us using online services than ever before. Lots of useful tips were provided and these will distributed by our Parish Councils and community groups.
For more information, visit https://wiltshirebobbyvan.org.uk/about/about-2/online-safety/
The next virtual Amesbury Area Board meeting will be held on Thursday January 14th at 6.30pm; we look forward to seeing you there!
Jacqui Abbott Community Engagement Manager Tel: 07771 844 530